Pure indulgence

Metallics, mirrors and glass were used in abundance to make a Miami couple feel right at home in their new sexy, designer-chic Cape Town residence
DECOR EDITOR MARIAN VAN WYK ASSISTANT MEGAN STOPFORTH PHOTOGRAPHS ANGIE LÀZARO

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In Jenny Murdock and Laurent Lamothe’s dining area a red focal wall forms a striking contrast to the white palette of the living area. In the background an outdoor table and chairs from Twiice International light up the neutral interior with a dash of yellow

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he moment I meet the gorgeous Jenny Murdock at her Fresnaye house, I have a panic attack. She must be a supermodel and she’s going to give us a really hard time during our photo shoot, I think. We shake hands, I catch my breath and it turns out that I am wrong: she is a warm, down-to-earth South American girl who just happens to look like a supermodel. Jenny recently moved to Cape Town with her Miami-born husband Laurent Lamothe, owner of a telecommunications company, and their two young children – a one-yearold daughter and eight-year-old son. Upon arrival in Cape Town, the couple initially rented an apartment in the V&A Waterfront. However, because Laurent and Jenny are business-orientated people, they soon realised that instead of renting, a property investment would afford them the opportunity to make a profit when they return to Miami one day. M Design, a company that specialises in sourcing run-down properties along the Atlantic Seaboard, helped the couple to find a suitable home. Owned by Robert

Thomson, the company also offers architectural and interior design and supply services. An uncompleted renovation perched high against Signal Hill, overlooking Fresnaye, Sea Point and the Atlantic Ocean, appealed to the couple. Robert instantly knew there was just one way to go with the interior: slick, sexy and glamorous. He explains: ‘This couple is so glamorous that I decided to bring in lots of shine. I wanted ultimate sophistication.’ The couple agreed to Robert and his colleague Lucy Stephenson’s design concept, and they went all out with reflective surfaces – combining glass chandeliers, aluminium, mirrors and Perspex to stylish effect. The indulgent theme starts right at the front door, where aluminium strips transformed the existing door into a designer piece. An eye-catching curved chandelier lights up the all-white lounge area and a mirror-clad fin divider catches and reflects the afternoon light, while separating the dining area from the TV room. These reflective elements continue at the outdoor pool area, where a thin strip of mirror runs along the perimeter wall,

creating an eye-catching focal point. Robert and Lucy achieved the perfect balance between the two extremes of pareddown and decorative. Despite the many reflective surfaces and designer furniture, the space remains uncluttered yet retains a sophisticated feel. The real show-stopper – the main bedroom – is separated from the open-plan bathroom by a dry wall. Clad in gold mosaic on both sides, this wall forms the backdrop to a bronze mirror-clad bed. Notwithstanding the indulgent, luxurious elements throughout, Robert was adamant that he wanted a harmonious feel to spread through their home. He achieved this by using white porcelain floor tiles throughout the house. This principle was applied to the window treatments as well: the same sheer white curtains were fitted consistently through the interior of the house. An ode to modern design, Jenny and Laurent’s home oozes sexy designer chic that is seldom seen. It is an exceptionally glamorous home that has made this jetsetting couple feel right at home here in South Africa.

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The mirror-clad fin screen separates the dining area from the TV room without compromising the view. The white porcelain tiles (from R178 per m2) and white day bed (R12 600) with mirror inset are from M Source and the dining table and chairs are from Linear Furnishings
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Red accents were used throughout the interior. In the spare bathroom, Robert Thomson from M Design opted for black porcelain tiles to provide a smooth feel
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The hanging Perspex bubble chair (R16 800) from M Source is Jenny’s favourite spot. Along the boundary wall, a thin mirror strip catches and reflects the gorgeous sunset. On the patio, the white porcelain tiles were treated with Heritage Anti-slip, a product that makes it possible to take indoor tiles outdoors

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This picture and below left Above the staircase, the forest painting by Paul Engelbrecht (commissioned by M Design) is an extension of the striking view through the window Below left, inset The exterior is an exercise in symmetry. Above the front door, the surrounding forest is reflected in the windows Below right During the renovation, Robert had the existing front door repainted and clad with aluminium strips. A stylish handle from Handles Inc adds the finishing touch

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Offering a breathtaking view of the Atlantic Seaboard, the patio doubles up as a boardroom meeting place for Laurent’s telecommunications business

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This picture The master bedroom is opulent and indulgent. A gold mosaic-clad dry wall gives the room a warm glow that is enhanced by the artwork, an image of a lit candle by Miami artist Michael Jerome. The bronze mirror-clad bed is available from M Source Below left In the open-plan bathroom an eye-catching chandelier from Eagle Lighting is reflected in the mirror Below right The master bedroom is separated from the bathroom with Rhinowall (available from Builders Warehouse). The Pendant lamp is from M Source

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Pendant lamp (R3 271), M Source

Mirror-clad screen designed by M Design, silver mirror (R750/m2), supplied by All Glass

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Production Megan Stopforth Perspex hanging bubble chair (R16 800), M Source

Gebogen chandelier (R35 000), designed and manufactured by Limelight Design Focal wall painted in Plascon Wall & All Burnt Horizon paint (R535 per 5-litre tin), Builders Warehouse; ‘H’-frame stainless-steel dining table (R26 900) and Bruno style dining chairs (R5 900 each), Linear Furnishings

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White day bed (R12 600) with mirror inset, M Source

Bronze mirror-clad bed (price on request), M Source

Front door clad with stainless-steel strips (R91 for strip of 38mm x2 500mm), Builders Warehouse; stainless-steel pull handle (from R700 per pair), Handles Inc

Driade Tokyo Pop high table (from R3 296), Tokyo Pop bar stool (from R5 430), Limeline

Mirror-clad vanity, M Design; Gia basins and taps, Stable Marketing Interiors (SMI); gold mosaic tiles (from R956 per m2), M Source

Crystal chandelier code RT532 (R9 795), Eagle Lighting

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